Projects

Schedule of Proposed Actions

The Forest publishers a Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA) four times a year: January, April, July and October. To view the current and past SOPAs, visit the Forest Service SOPA page for the GMUG National Forest.

Projects not included in the Planning, Appeals, and Litigation System (PALS):

Legal Notices of Projects not included in (PALS): Notice of Opportunity to Comment


The Forest Projects section below lists projects included in the Planning, Appeals, and Litigation System (PALS):

Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests Current and Recent Projects

Sort By:    Name    Status    Management Unit    Purpose    Type

Note: Projects with multiple Project Purposes will appear multiple times.

Forest products

Divide Salvage

Removal of dead and dying Engelmann Spruce trees killed by Spruce beetle to promote safety and reduce long-term fuel build up in areas severely impacted by spruce beetle to limit the likelihood of a catastrophic wildfire.

Highway 149 South Salvage Project

Removal of dead and dying Engelmann Spruce trees killed by Spruce beetle to promote safety and reduce long-term fuel build up in areas severely impacted by spruce beetle to limit the likelihood of a catastrophic wildfire.

Spruce Beetle Epidemic and Aspen Decline Management Response

2/4/16 UPDATE: The Forest Service has released the Final EIS and draft decision. A legal notice will appear in the Sentinel on Friday, February 5. A high-resolution map is available online at: http://www.zyster.net/maps/gunf/sbeadmr/index.html

Fuels management

Barret

Proposal is to perform timber stand improvement and prescribed burning to improve range and wildlife habitat and reduce natural fuels.

Spruce Beetle Epidemic and Aspen Decline Management Response

2/4/16 UPDATE: The Forest Service has released the Final EIS and draft decision. A legal notice will appear in the Sentinel on Friday, February 5. A high-resolution map is available online at: http://www.zyster.net/maps/gunf/sbeadmr/index.html

Grazing management

North Butte Allotment Fence Construction

The proposed action entails constructing 0.85 miles of fence within the North Butte Allotment, tentatively during the summer of 2016. The fence will be a laydown structure in conjunction with following wildlife friendly specifications.

Land acquisition

Thistledown Small Tracts Act Land Exchange

Rockbiter Corporation has made an application to exchange lands with the United States Forest Service under the authority of the Small Tracts Act. The exchange contains approximately 25 acres of National Forest for 125 acres of private lands.

Wilson Peak Land Exchange

Non-federal Parties propose to convey five separate parcels of non-federal land containing a total of approximately 681 acres to the United States in exchange for four federal properties containing a total of approximately 303 acres of equal value.

Land management planning

1993 Final Oil and Gas Leasing EIS and Record of Decision

FEIS evaluates the potential effects of alternative programs for oil and gas leasing on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison Nationa Forests; amend the Forest Plan, and provide

Grand Mesa Travel Plan Environmental Analysis

Motor vehicle and downed game retrieval restrictions for the Grand Mesa National Forest, Colorado

Rulemaking for Colorado Roadless Areas - Supplemental

Rulemaking to reinstate the North Fork Coal Mining Area exception into the Colorado Roadless Rule which will allow temporary road construction for coal exploration and coal-related surface activities within the North Fork Coal Mining Area.

Uncompahgre National Forest Travel Plan

Restrict travel on the Uncompagre National Forest

Land ownership management

Grand Mesa Metropolitan District #2 Special Use Permit Reissuance

Reissuance of a special use permit for approximately 1500 feet of 6-inch pipeline to transport backwash water from the water treatment facility at Powderhorn Ski Area to private property because of change in name of operating entity.

Thistledown Small Tracts Act Land Exchange

Rockbiter Corporation has made an application to exchange lands with the United States Forest Service under the authority of the Small Tracts Act. The exchange contains approximately 25 acres of National Forest for 125 acres of private lands.

Minerals and Geology

1993 Final Oil and Gas Leasing EIS and Record of Decision

FEIS evaluates the potential effects of alternative programs for oil and gas leasing on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison Nationa Forests; amend the Forest Plan, and provide

Axia Energy II, LLC, USA #1-16SC Well Pad Expansion

Expansion of existing USA #1-16SC well pad, drilling two new wells on the well pad, and construction/installation of approximately 1.37 miles of buried natural gas and water lines along the Buzzard Divide Road (NFSR 265).

Federal Coal Lease Modifications COC-1362 & COC-67232

The Forest Service is considering consenting to BLM modifying ArkLand’s existing federal coal leases COC-1362 and COC-67232 by adding 1,722 cumulative acres to them.

GEC's 11-90-8-H3;11-90-20-21-H1 and -H2 and SG Interests' 12-90-7-1; 11-90-9-3; 11-90-15-2 APDs

BLM and Forest Service proposal for Gunnison Energy LLC and SG Interests, Ltd (SG). Proposal includes up to 25 total Federal Natural Gas Wells on 4 new and 1 existing well pads and associated infrastructure. Six APDs have been submitted.

Governor Basin Ore Removal

Issue Road Use permit to Revenue Mine to haul ore from private land to millsite.

Miners Creek Inactive Mine Safety Closure Prjoect

Install grate, backfill or PUF on open shafts; install grate, bulkhead or backfill open adits. Up to 23 closures. Location is Mineral Point area, San Juan County.

Mt. Emmons Groundwater and Associated Data Investigation

Gather baseline hydro-geologic information sufficient to develop and run groundwater modelling.

Owl Creek Gravel Pit Expansion

Develop a pit development plan to expand existing gravel pit.

Rulemaking for Colorado Roadless Areas - Supplemental

Rulemaking to reinstate the North Fork Coal Mining Area exception into the Colorado Roadless Rule which will allow temporary road construction for coal exploration and coal-related surface activities within the North Fork Coal Mining Area.

Recreation management

Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) - Proposed Teo Drainage & Summer Use Improvements

CBMR has formally requested site-specific review and analysis under NEPA procedures for elements of the Master Development Plan that was accepted by the Forest Service in 2013. See item 23 for more information.

Grand Mesa Travel Plan Environmental Analysis

Motor vehicle and downed game retrieval restrictions for the Grand Mesa National Forest, Colorado

Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness special regulations - Forest Order

Two changes are proposed to the MBSW special regulations. Overnight visitors will be required to store all food, garbage and other attractants in bear resistant containers & changing the campfire prohibition to everywhere above 10,800 ft.

Pitkin Travel Proposal

Pitkin Trail Advocates have submitted a proposal to revisit 2010 Gunnison Basin Federal Lands Travel Management decision regarding specific routes near Pitkin, Colorado.

Uncompahgre National Forest Travel Plan

Restrict travel on the Uncompagre National Forest

Regulations, Directives, Orders

Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness special regulations - Forest Order

Two changes are proposed to the MBSW special regulations. Overnight visitors will be required to store all food, garbage and other attractants in bear resistant containers & changing the campfire prohibition to everywhere above 10,800 ft.

Rulemaking for Colorado Roadless Areas - Supplemental

Rulemaking to reinstate the North Fork Coal Mining Area exception into the Colorado Roadless Rule which will allow temporary road construction for coal exploration and coal-related surface activities within the North Fork Coal Mining Area.

Road management

Grand Mesa Travel Plan Environmental Analysis

Motor vehicle and downed game retrieval restrictions for the Grand Mesa National Forest, Colorado

Pitkin Travel Proposal

Pitkin Trail Advocates have submitted a proposal to revisit 2010 Gunnison Basin Federal Lands Travel Management decision regarding specific routes near Pitkin, Colorado.

Uncompahgre National Forest Travel Plan

Restrict travel on the Uncompagre National Forest

Willow Creek Bridge #1 and #2 Replacements

Replace structurally deficient Willow Creek Bridge #1 on NFSR 765 approximately 1.85 miles east of NFSR 742 and Willow Creek Bridge #2 (approximately 3.25 miles east of FS Road 742)at the existing bridge locations and move utilities from bridges.

Special use management

Aspen-Sopris Ranger District Five Year Recreation Event Special Use Permit Issuance

Issuance of five year recreation event permits to authorize 11 recreation events to operate on the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District. Events have been authorized in prior years under temporary permits. Events are running, mountain bike, jeep, and ski.

Axia Energy II, LLC, USA #1-16SC Well Pad Expansion

Expansion of existing USA #1-16SC well pad, drilling two new wells on the well pad, and construction/installation of approximately 1.37 miles of buried natural gas and water lines along the Buzzard Divide Road (NFSR 265).

City of Ouray Domestic Water Supply Permit

Amend existing special use permit for City's Domestic Water System in Canyon Creek to remove facilities no longer in existence and to add new facilities

Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) - Proposed Teo Drainage & Summer Use Improvements

CBMR has formally requested site-specific review and analysis under NEPA procedures for elements of the Master Development Plan that was accepted by the Forest Service in 2013. See item 23 for more information.

Cunningham Ditch Agricultural Irrigation and Livestock Watering System Easement

Reissue an existing Agricultural Irrigation and Livestock Water System Easement for an existing ditch to the new landowner. Approx 3,062' are located on NFS lands.

East Fork Spring Creek Private Road Permit

Issue a special use road permit to a road users association for use of closed NFSR 536.2A to access private land.

Enlargement of Monument No. 1 and Hunter Reservoirs

Proposal to enlarge existing reservoir.

Grand Mesa Metropolitan District #2 Special Use Permit Reissuance

Reissuance of a special use permit for approximately 1500 feet of 6-inch pipeline to transport backwash water from the water treatment facility at Powderhorn Ski Area to private property because of change in name of operating entity.

Grand Mesa Nordic Council - Biathlon Range

Grand mesa Nordic Council seeks approval for Biathlon Range within the Skyway winter trail system. Range will be placed on removable frame and include live ammunition resulting from a supervised range instructor. See Project Leader for more info.

Jobe Road Easement Reissuance

Reissue expired Private Road Easement to Hutch Jobe, son of prior easement holder John Jobe.

Keystone Portfolio Mgmt. Forest Road Permit

Issue Forest Road Permit for us and maintenance of Blowout Road NFSR 871.2b over NFS land.

Manzo Private Road Easement

Issue private road easement for existing two track road to private inholding off Spring Creek Rim Road.

Morgan Special Use Permit

Issuance of a Special Use Permit to authorize use of an existing road for access to private land and for the installation of a gate.

Mt. Emmons Mining Company Road Special Use Permit

Authorize use of an existing roadway on National Forest System lands for access to ranch facilities on private lands.

Porter Special Use Permit Reissuance

Reissuance of a Special Use Permit authorizing a spring development and approximately 453 feet of water transmission line. The waterline delivers domestic water to the permittee's private property along Tomichi Creek near Whitepine.

Qwest Phone Lines

Consolidate Qwest Permits with other districts on GMUG.

Reissue expiring permit for spring development - Peck

Issue a special use permit to replace an expiring permit for spring development located east of US Highway 550, north of Ouray.

Source Gas Special Use Permit Re-issuance.

Re-issue existing permit to new owner for 528 ft. long, 4 inch natural gas distribution pipeline located within Oak Creek Rd.

Special use permit for spring development - Clarkson

Issue a special use permit to Clarkson for spring and pipeline west of Highway 550, north of Red Mountain Pass.

Thunder Mountain Lodge-Winter Snowmobile Outfitter and Guide request.

Thunder Mountain Lodge, located on the Grand Mesa National Forest, proposes to expand commercial winter services with a request to be authorized 250 service days for snowmobile tours on groomed (Sunlight-Powderhorn and Land's End) snowmobile trails.

Tri State Skito - Crested Butte Permit

Re-issue permit for existing HS KV transmission line

Tri-State Montrose-Nucla-Cahone Transmission Improvement Project

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. is proposing to rebuild the existing Montrose-Nucla-Cahone 115-kV transmission line to operate at 230-kV. The BLM is the lead agency and the Forest Service is a cooperating agency.

Vegetation management (other than forest products)

2015 Taylor Park Silvicultural CE

Precommercial and commercial thinning, and sanitation of dwarf mistletoe infested lodgepole pine stands to maintain acceptable growth rates and stand health on up to 250 acres. Project is in Taylor Park between Cottonwood Pass Road and Willow Crk.

Divide Salvage

Removal of dead and dying Engelmann Spruce trees killed by Spruce beetle to promote safety and reduce long-term fuel build up in areas severely impacted by spruce beetle to limit the likelihood of a catastrophic wildfire.

Highway 149 South Salvage Project

Removal of dead and dying Engelmann Spruce trees killed by Spruce beetle to promote safety and reduce long-term fuel build up in areas severely impacted by spruce beetle to limit the likelihood of a catastrophic wildfire.

Spruce Beetle Epidemic and Aspen Decline Management Response

2/4/16 UPDATE: The Forest Service has released the Final EIS and draft decision. A legal notice will appear in the Sentinel on Friday, February 5. A high-resolution map is available online at: http://www.zyster.net/maps/gunf/sbeadmr/index.html

Watershed management

Iron Fen Restoration / Kebler Pass Road Repair

This project will work to restore the ground-water and surface flow hydrology and native vegetation of a portion of the Mt. Emmons Iron Fen that has been impaired by reopening and extending a ditch.

Willow Creek Bridge #1 and #2 Replacements

Replace structurally deficient Willow Creek Bridge #1 on NFSR 765 approximately 1.85 miles east of NFSR 742 and Willow Creek Bridge #2 (approximately 3.25 miles east of FS Road 742)at the existing bridge locations and move utilities from bridges.

Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants

Paonia Cavity-nesting Bird Habitat Enhancement 2016

The Paonia Ranger proposes to implement a set of cavity-nesting bird habitat improvement projects including "bluebird boxes" and creation of cavities in heart-rot aspen)on National Forest System Lands in the Black Mesa and Muddy Creek areas.

Project Archive

Some of our older projects can be accessed in our Project Archive.

Key Contacts

NEPA Program Managers

Niccole Mortenson
Northern Region
Federal Building
Attn:  Engineering
200 East Broadway
P.O. Box 7669
Missoula, MT 59807-7669
remote phone: 406-329-3163
email: nmortenson@fs.fed.us

Tim Stroope
Environmental Coordinator
GMUG National Forest
2250 Hwy 50
Delta, Colorado, 81416
(970) 874-6649
email: timothylstroope@fs.fed.us